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− | Since <math>AB = AD = CB = CD = \sqrt{ | + | Since <math>AB = AD = CB = CD = \sqrt{\left(\frac{1}{2}\right)^2+1^2}</math>, it follows that <math>ABCD</math> is a [[rhombus]]. The area of the rhombus can be computed by the formula <math>A = \frac 12 d_1d_2</math>, where <math>d_1,\,d_2</math> are the diagonals of the rhombus (or of a [[kite]] in general). <math>BD</math> has the same length as a face diagonal, or <math>\sqrt{1^2 + 1^2} = \sqrt{2}</math>. <math>AC</math> is a space diagonal, with length <math>\sqrt{1^2+1^2+1^2} = \sqrt{3}</math>. Thus <math>A = \frac 12 \times \sqrt{2} \times \sqrt{3} = \frac{\sqrt{6}}{2}\ \mathrm{(A)}</math>. |
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Problem
A cube with side length is sliced by a plane that passes through two diagonally opposite vertices and and the midpoints and of two opposite edges not containing or , as shown. What is the area of quadrilateral ?
Solution
Since , it follows that is a rhombus. The area of the rhombus can be computed by the formula , where are the diagonals of the rhombus (or of a kite in general). has the same length as a face diagonal, or . is a space diagonal, with length . Thus .
See also
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